University of Guam students presented their research projects last month at the nation’s largest conference focusing on diversity in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) with one UOG student winning an award. The conference was the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics & Native Americans in Science, or SACNAS, National Conference, held Oct. 9–13 in San Antonio, Texas.
The students gave poster presentations, competing against thousands of other students nationwide. UOG biology major Jordan Barcinas received the “Outstanding Research Presentation” award in the General Biology/Life Sciences division. His presentation was on his hydroid (jellyfish) research project.
“Winning the award felt surreal, but I am honored that my experiment and presentation were held in such high regard,” Barcinas said. “I really enjoyed the 2018 SACNAS conference, and I’m thankful to UOG for the experience.”
Dr. Bastian Bentlage, an assistant professor of bioinformatics at UOG’s Marine Laboratory, mentored Barcinas in his research.
In its 45th year, the SACNAS National Conference is regarded as the nation’s largest conference focusing on diversity in STEM with more than 4,000 student and professional attendees annually. From UOG, 17 students and faculty attended this year.
An opportunity for the community to meet with UOG’s SACNAS conference attendees and learn about their experience will be held at a special UOG SACNAS Chapter Seminar from 5pm to 6pm today, Nov. 8, in Room 129 of the UOG School of Business and Public Administration. The attendees will also share how others can take advantage of future STEM opportunities.
Travel for the UOG delegation to the SACNAS National Conference was made possible through grants awarded to UOG, including the Guam Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, National Science Foundation’s Growing STEM, UOG Sea Grant, UOG School of Nursing and Health Science’s Build EXITO program, UOG Professional and International Programs, and the Research Corporation of the University of Guam. (UOG)